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Gettysburg Honors the Emancipation Proclamation

By September 13, 2012

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Historic Gettysburg will honor the history of the Emancipation Proclamation, Sept. 21-23, 2012, through events, programs, exhibits and lectures. Following are some of the highlights:
  • The Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center will open a special exhibit, Sept. 21 through Sept. 28, featuring an Abraham Lincoln-signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, a copy of the Thirteenth Amendment signed by Congressmen and Senators, along with two traveling exhibits - "Abraham Lincoln: A Man for All Times" and "Free at Last: A History of the Abolition of Slavery in America."

  • Throughout the weekend, Gettysburg College and the Adams County Historical Society will be hosting the Pennsylvania Civil War Road Show, a traveling exhibit housed in an expandable 53-foot tractor trailer. The Road Show travels throughout the state with free interactive exhibits, docents and programs. This event will also include living history, music and other activities.

  • Gettysburg College will be hosting "Forever Free: An Evening with Dr. James McPherson and Dr. Allen Guelzo" at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, at the Majestic Theater. Admission is free, but tickets are required and available at www.gettysburgmajestic.org.

  • On Saturday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m., the Majestic Theater will host "Glory" an Academy Award winning movie, starring Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington and Matthew Broderick. The 1989 film captures the bravery, struggles and heroism of the Union Army's first black company during the Civil War.
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